Soft Eggs Over Thyme Marinara Sauce


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Soft Eggs Over Thyme Marinara Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Inspired by all of the baked egg recipes I’ve seen recently, this is my simplified version. I do realize that baked eggs are neither complicated or all that time-consuming.

However, in the mornings, I typically want to spend less than 10 minutes pulling our early morning meals together.

I had half a quart of Thyme Marinara Sauce left over from lunch the day before, so this was the perfect opportunity to try this combination for breakfast. This was an enormous hit with every single member of the family.

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We’ve actually had this for breakfast three times now since I first made it. I keep a jar of this sauce ready to use in the refrigerator now, so that we can have our eggs over it whenever we like.

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Soft Eggs Over Thyme Marinara Sauce

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  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Thyme Marinara Sauce
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste


  • In a medium skillet, melt a pat of butter over medium low heat. Crack an egg or two into the skillet and cover with lid. Let it cook until just barely set and then add about a tablespoon of water. Cover with lid again to allow to top of the egg to finish cooking, the steam helps accomplish this nicely.
  • While the egg is cooking, warm 2-3 heaping tablespoons of the marinara sauce on a plate in the microwave. If you are going to feed several people, it is simplest to just warm the sauce in a pan on the stove. When the eggs are done, place them on top of the warm marinara sauce. Enjoy!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Jenn says

    A simple version of eggs in purgatory? I'm so there… wish I had some of that marinara sauce right now – although I think I might try it on just about anything!!

  2. JavelinWarrior says

    This is inspiring – I have never used marinara sauce this way but now I'm going to try it. I even have a quart of sauce in my fridge waiting to be used, so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing… 🙂

  3. Big Dude says

    When your blog came up, my son was standing nearby, saw the shot and said what have you put an egg on now – he was surprised to learn it wasn't mine – I'll have to try this.

  4. Becki's Whole Life says

    I saw Mario Batali do this on The Chew and now you have convinced me I should try this. It's a pretty healthy breakfast, too! Would be good with some good bread to sop it up with. Also a good way to use up leftover sauce which I always have and seem to waste.